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FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2018 file photo, Iranian women cheer as they wave their country's flag after authorities in a rare move allowed a select group of women into Azadi stadium to watch a friendly soccer match between Iran and Bolivia, in Tehran, Iran. Sahar Khodayari, an Iranian female soccer fan died after setting herself on fire outside a court after learning she may have to serve a six-month sentence for trying to enter a soccer stadium where women are banned, a semi-official news agency reported Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. The 30-year-old was known as the "Blue Girl" on social media for the colors of her favorite Iranian soccer team, Esteghlal. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
September 21, 2019 - 1:03 pm
ZURICH (AP) — Soccer's governing body FIFA says an inspection visit to Iran has shown "no noteworthy operational obstacles" to lifting the country's 40-year ban and letting women attend a World Cup qualifying game next month. After meeting government and soccer officials in Tehran this week, FIFA...
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September 20, 2019 - 6:55 am
LONDON (AP) — English soccer authorities say they have had a "productive and positive" meeting with representatives from Twitter in the wake of black players receiving racist abuse on the social-media platform this season. The Football Association, the Premier League and the English Football League...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, March 29, 2017 file photo Britain's former Prime Minister David Cameron gestures as he delivers a public lecture "Ukraine's Place in a changing world" at the Institute of International Relations of the National University in Kiev, Ukraine. David Cameron said in an interview published Saturday that he thinks about the consequences of the Brexit referendum “every single day” and worries “desperately” about what will happen next. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky,file)
September 19, 2019 - 7:50 am
LONDON (AP) — Former British Prime Minister David Cameron has recalled being told by Prince William to imagine an American FIFA voter naked to ease nerves at a presentation for England's World Cup bid in a process that was mired in wrongdoing. Cameron and the prince led an English delegation to...
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FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2018 file photo, Iranian women cheer as they wave their country's flag after authorities in a rare move allowed a select group of women into Azadi stadium to watch a friendly soccer match between Iran and Bolivia, in Tehran, Iran. Sahar Khodayari, an Iranian female soccer fan died after setting herself on fire outside a court after learning she may have to serve a six-month sentence for trying to enter a soccer stadium where women are banned, a semi-official news agency reported Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. The 30-year-old was known as the "Blue Girl" on social media for the colors of her favorite Iranian soccer team, Esteghlal. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
September 19, 2019 - 4:23 am
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA president Gianni Infantino is raising hopes Iran will lift a ban on women entering soccer stadiums before a World Cup qualifying game next month. Attention on the ban intensified when a 29-year-old activist, Sahar Khodayari, died this month after setting herself on fire. She had...
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Chelsea's Fikayo Tomori, left, celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with teammate Tammy Abraham during their English Premier League soccer match against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux, Wolverhampton, England, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)
September 16, 2019 - 9:44 am
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea is collecting a rare currency from its "ATM": Goals from young English academy graduates. Abraham, Tomori and Mount. They have scored all 11 goals in Chelsea's five Premier League games so far. The trio — all under the age of 21 — might only be getting its chance in the first...
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Liverpool's Sadio Mane, left, after scoring his sides second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Newcastle at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
September 14, 2019 - 9:43 am
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Sadio Mane scored twice as Liverpool came back from a goal down to beat Newcastle 3-1 on Saturday and extended its perfect start to the Premier League season with a fifth straight win. Newcastle left-back Jetro Willems took full advantage of Liverpool's slow start to score...
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FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2011 file photo, supporters of Iranian soccer team Esteghlal, hold flags of their favorite team, at the Azadi (Freedom) stadium, in Tehran, Iran. Sahar Khodayari, an Iranian female soccer fan died after setting herself on fire outside a court after learning she may have to serve a six-month sentence for trying to enter a soccer stadium where women are banned, a semi-official news agency reported Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. The 30-year-old was known as the "Blue Girl" on social media for the colors of her favorite Iranian soccer team, Esteghlal. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
September 10, 2019 - 10:09 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian woman detained for dressing as a man to sneak into a soccer stadium to watch a match has died after setting herself on fire upon learning she could spend six months in prison, semi-official news outlets reported Tuesday. The self-immolation death of 29-...
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, listens to reporters questions during a press conference at the government building in Hong Kong Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Hong Kong leader Lam renews an appeal to pro-democracy protesters to halt violence and engage in dialogue, as the city's richest man urged the government to provide a way out for the mostly young demonstrators. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
September 10, 2019 - 9:13 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of Hong Kong soccer fans booed loudly and turned their backs when the Chinese national anthem was played before a World Cup qualifier match against Iran on Tuesday, taking the city's months of protests into the sports realm. The crowd broke out into "Glory to Hong Kong,"...
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FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2019, file photo, United States forward Josh Sargent runs up the pitch during an international friendly soccer match against Mexico, in East Rutherford, N.J. Sargent hopes to play for the United States in his hometown during Tuesday's exhibition against Uruguay at Busch Stadium. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano, File)
September 09, 2019 - 7:02 pm
Josh Sargent's red hair could become as known in St. Louis as the Gateway Arch one day if he develops into an American soccer star. Fresh off a spectacular strike for his first goal of the Bundesliga season, the 19-year-old forward is slated to start in his hometown Tuesday night when the United...
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Chelsea's Bethany England, left, celebrates scoring against Tottenham Hotspur with teammate Magdalena Eriksson during the Women's Super League soccer match at Stamford Bridge, London, Sunday Sept. 8, 2019. (John Walton/PA via AP)
September 08, 2019 - 1:15 pm
LONDON (AP) — The opening weekend of the Women's Super League season attracted almost 63,000 fans across six games as England enjoyed an unprecedented increase in crowds, building on a surge in interest in women's soccer during the World Cup. The cumulative crowd was a 12-fold increase on the start...
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